The Animal Agriculture and Environment Community--an ASA Community within the Environmental Quality Section.
To meet current and future global food demands animal agriculture systems make intensive use of land and water resources and agricultural inputs. Yet, the capacity of available natural resources and technologies is uncertain to ensure both sustainability of animal agriculture and global food security. This community seeks and encourages scientific exchanges and sharing of information among scientists, educators, extension practitioners, regulators, policy makers, and producers on the nature, inherent risks, inevitable costs of, and solutions to environmental issues associated with animal agriculture.
Some major areas of interest of our Community members are:
Why you should join our Community:
Are you working on cutting edge research in animal agriculture management and protection of the environment?
Does your work involve new tools, technologies, or materials to foster a sustainable animal agriculture?
Do you have new ideas or innovations that are worth sharing with others?
If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, you should join our Animal Agriculture and the Environment Community.
Organizers: Gilbert C. Sigua and Daniel N. Miller
Presiders: Gilbert C. Sigua and Daniel N. Miller
Session Description: In order to meet the global food demand for an ever-growing population, animal agriculture systems must increase productivity. In turn, animal agriculture systems make intensive use of natural resources for both animal and feed production. In the face of both increasing standards of living and global climate change, conservation of natural resources becomes a crucial issue for sustainable animal production. This session will include presentations of current research, case studies, and new principles for both animal agriculture sustainability and conservation of natural resources.
Community Leader: Ariel A. Szogi
Lead Community Sponsor: Animal Agriculture and the Environment Community
Session Description: This general poster session will be part of the Animal Agriculture & the Environment graduate student poster competition. The purpose of the Graduate Student Poster Awards Program of the Animal Agriculture & the Environment Community is to recognize outstanding poster contributions presented by graduate students at the Annual Meetings. The Session Organizer will prepare a list of all posters to be judged. Judging will be according to prescribed criteria developed by the Community Awards Committee. Judges are to be selected by the Community Awards Committee. Judges will visit each eligible poster as they are presented, and score each poster. Scores will be summarized and discussed by the Committee to determine award recipients. Three awards will be presented, one First-Place award and two Runner-Up awards, to the top three scores determined by the judges. The outstanding posters and authors will be recognized during the Community Business Meeting and/or via email to the Community after the annual meeting. A monetary award and a certificate will be presented to each one of the winners.
Organizers: Christian Joseph Peters and Ariel A. Szogi
Presiders: Christian Joseph Peters and Ariel A. Szogi
Cosponsor: C06 Forage and Grazinglands, Soil & Water Management & Conservation
Session Description: Global demand for livestock products grows every year as a result of an increasing human population and changing diets. This growth places pressure on the array of natural resources that support animal agriculture, including (though not limited to) land, water, and energy. In a world where natural resources are becoming increasingly scarce or degraded, it is critical to understand how key natural resources might be managed to support increased demand for livestock products. This session will address the natural resource requirements of animal agriculture and how those resources might be better managed to sustainably increase production.
Organizers: Lisa Durso and Kimberly Cook
Presiders: Lisa Durso and Kimberly Cook
Cosponsor: Soil Chemistry, Soil Biology & Biochemistry
Session Description: There is considerable interest on the impact of veterinary antibiotic use on human and livestock health. While there is a general idea of how antibiotic resistance (AR) is transferred from animals to humans via food and water, manure and manure management play a critical role in this issue. Manure is how both the antibiotics from animal feed and the AR intestinal bacteria enter the environment. The goal of this symposium is to explore the prevalence, fate, and transport of antibiotics, AR bacteria, and AR genes, as well as solutions to the AR issue in both agricultural and non-agricultural settings.
The mission of Livestock GRACEnet is to lead the development of livestock management practices to reduce greenhouse gas, ammonia, and other emissions and provide a sound scientific basis for accurate measurement and modeling of emissions.
The Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center offers newsletters and a free monthly webcast on a variety of issues related to animal manure management.